I’m trying to remember, but John was always a bit of a skeptic. I’m not sure he went to the Maharishi with a truly open mind – though he bought into it for a bit, his bitterness at what he saw as hypocrasy [not that I disagree mind you] struck him pretty hard, because he had moved from being a skeptic to a believer to a disillusioned ex-follower.
I don’t know, just thought someone might have some actual quotes or info here to shed light on the idea that Lennon thought it was a crock and being his usual bitter self.
Sidebar 1: I’ve been listening to “Naked” and have to say that the song that benefits the most is “Long and Winding Road” haven’t decided which one benefits the least. I listen to both now, as the mood strikes me.
Sidebar 2: and a follow up of my statement about his usual bitter self. I think that is what always strikes me as the most tragic thing about his murder. He had suffered for a good long time to find peace with himself and was finally able to come out with new material that represented a man mostly at peace with who he is and what his life had become. He became, finally, pro-active in making his own happiness and was able to give back in a more positive way, while still being able to look at things sideways and backwards. After Double Fantasy, I was hoping he might take up some writing (novels and such) again as I find his prose rather sparkling and inventive. I will forever blame he who’s name I will not mention for that.